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Rawson decision right: Coley

21 December 2017

John Coleman believes justice has been done with Farrend Rawson available for Saturday's visit of Crawley Town.

Defender Rawson was sent off at Lincoln on Saturday, with the Imps scoring the resulting penalty and ten-men Stanley losing 2-0.

Coleman and Rawson were incensed at the decision and were successful in their appeal midweek.

The Reds boss now hopes that some decisions go Stanley's way as he feels they have been on the wrong end of a number of decisions this season.

“It was a gross mistake but these have happened to us regularly this season,” said Coleman.

“They have restricted our challenge for the top as we believe they have cost us around 10 points – I am sure other teams feel the same – and it is frustrating.

“We have to hope it improves in the second half of the season.

"The successful appeal is a vindication that we were right and that's the only solace we can take as it was a massive turning point in the game.

“Saying that, it is easy to hide behind the referee but there are still flaws in our performance.

“We are on a bit of a blip at the moment, with three defeats in all competitions, and the last thing you need when you are going through this is having major decisions go against you.

“But we have to ride it, believe in ourselves, play with more freedom and attack like we know we can attack.

“What we have to do is play more in the opposition's half and then, if there is a decision which goes against us, it doesn't affect us in the same way as costing us a goal.”


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